Video: Quick-thinking cop saves coma driver

(Leicester Police)
(Leicester Police)

A policeman in the UK has received widespread praise after footage emerged of him ramming an unconscious woman's car against a barrier to bring it to a stop.

Leicestershire police officer Danny Pattison was called to look into claims of erratic driving along the M1, England's busiest motorway, on April 11, and soon spotted the Peugeot hatchback drifting aimlessly between lanes.

As he got closer to the car, he noticed that the woman driving the car had fallen into a coma, and that there was an infant in the back.

"Her head was completely thrown back and she was staring at the roof of the car. She was obviously unconscious," PC Pattison told The Leicester Mercury.

Knowing that inaction would result in death or at least serious injury to the woman and her child, officer Pattison decided to push the vehicle against the motorway barrier in an effort to reduce its speed.

After making two or three attempts and seeing the car nearly spin out onto the road, PC Pattison then drove his car in front of the Peugeot and braked, bringing it to a halt.

An investigation revealed that the woman had fallen into a coma related to her diabetes, and did not remember anything from the incident.

She said she had been a diabetic for 23 years and it was the first time she had been hit by an attack that severe.

PC Pattison's heroic actions have seen him awarded a Chief Constable's commendation.